Georgia Master Beekeeper Program: Certification Levels
Journeyman Study Guide
Journeyman Written Exam Guide
Journeyman Practical Exam Guide
The jump from Certified to Journeyman is one of the most demanding steps in the Georgia Master Beekeeper sequence. One reason for this is our insistence that candidates score no less than 100% on visual diagnostics of honey bee disorders and bee-related arthropods. It is our belief that certainty of knowledge in these categories is a necessary condition for certification at the higher grades. This section and the following photographs will help you understand the material you will be tested over at the practical exam. Please be aware that you will be tested on real specimens on-site, and they will not necessarily be the same specimens you see in practice sessions or in these photographs.
These are the topics reviewed for the Exam. Please see the following links or PDF files for images and descriptions.
Pests and Parasites
- Varroa Mites; Varroa destructor
- Acarine (Tracheal) Mites; Acarapis woodi
- Small Hive Beetle; Aethina tumida
- Wax Moths
*For examples of the main Bacterial, Fungal, and Viral Diseases, please see the following
- American Foulbrood
- European Foulbrood
- Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus
- Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus
- Deformed Wing
*Please see the PDF for images.
- Pesticide Poisoning
- Failing Queen
Beginning in 2016 we revised the insect ID portion of the exam to emphasize more objective (less guess-work) methods of identifying bees and wasps. Students are strongly encouraged to review this powerpoint presentation, especially the first slide "Decision tree for bees, near bees, or mimics" and understand the criteria by which one identifies a specimen. These objective criteria can be extremely valuable distinguishing, for example, a bee mimic from a true bee or a bumble bee from a carpenter bee. Additional information on insects one may encounter in the exam is linked below. Class time on Wednesday's Young Harris Institute will cover these selection criteria in detail.
- Flies (Bee and Wasp Mimics)
Flies have only 1 pair of wings, while bees and wasps have 2 pairs.